Boise in Ada County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
Anduiza Hotel and Fronton
This unique building was built for Juan Cruz Anduiza in 1912 as a boarding house for Basque sheepherders who wintered in Boise. The rooms were across the front and down the side of the building and the kitchen, dining room, etc. wee in the basement. The rest of the building, an area approximately 35 ft. x 105 ft., was a handball court that was also used for public dances.
In 1948 Raymond J. Briggs bought the then vacant building and converted the first floor rooms into office space. The outside entrances to the rooms were replaced with glass block windows, a new entrance was made and the inside porch the overlooked the court was enclosed for a hall.
Part of the building remains much as it was when first built. The handball court, which was the largest covered court of its kind in the Northwest, is still used for handball by Basque people today.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Hispanic Americans • Sports. A significant historical year for this entry is 1912.
Location. 43° 36.841′ N, 116° 12.163′ W. Marker is in Boise, IdahoTouch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 619 Grove Street, Boise ID 83702, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Anduiza Hotel and Fronton (here, next to this marker); Basque Museum and Cultural Center (a few steps from this marker); Bar Gernika (within shouting distance of this marker); Laiak (within shouting distance of this marker); Heath Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Cyrus Jacobs/Uberuaga House (within shouting distance of this marker); Grove Street Warehouse (within shouting distance of this marker); The Basque Center (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boise.
More about this marker. This marker is located in the doorway.
Also see . . .
1. Basque pelota - Wikipedia. Basque pelota ... is the name for a variety of court sports played with a ball using one's hand, a racket, a wooden bat or a basket, against a wall (frontis or Fronton) or, more traditionally, with two teams face to face separated by a line on the ground or a net. The roots of this class of games can be traced to the Greek and other ancient cultures. (Submitted on June 23, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
2. Pelota - YouTube. (Submitted on June 23, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 23, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 132 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 23, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.